The Tale of Genji: A Musical Narrative

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Meyer Auditorium

Freer Gallery of Art

Independence Avenue at 12th St, SW

Washington, DC 20560

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Tickets are $6 in advance (pick your seats). Remaining tickets are free at the door, beginning at 1 pm on the day of the performance.

Pre-concert gallery tour: Painting the Classics, Freer, gallery 5, 1 pm

Follow Japan’s famous Tale of Genji in this original interpretation for traditional Japanese instruments, violin, and keyboard, led by popular violinist and composer Ikuko Kawai. Surtitles will allow the audience to follow the narration in English.

The original Tale of Genji was written in the eleventh century by a woman in the Japanese royal court and recounts the life of Hikaru Genji, the Shining Prince. The author also created hundreds of other characters for this work, often called the world’s first novel. Japanese artworks—including screens, paintings, and illustrated books—depicting scenes from the story are currently on view in the Freer.

Kawai made her US debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and her European premiere in 2015 at the Paris Opera. Her virtuoso compositions are familiar to international figure-skating fans, especially Red Violin, used by American gold medalist Michelle Kwan. At this performance she will be accompanied by Tomoka Nagasu on biwa and shakuhachi, Miho Yoshiba on koto, Toshihiko Kato on nohkan and tsuzumi (percussion), and Hisanobu Notsu on keyboard.

Copresented with the Japan Foundation as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, in conjunction with the Freer exhibition Painting the Classics, and with support from the Embassy of Japan.

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